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After trauma with Jabulani, FIFA promises faster and more stable ball in Qatar


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The last three editions of the World Cup were marked by having faster and faster balls. And it will be no different in Qatar. For this year’s edition of the tournament, FIFA promises to have the fastest ball of all the World Cups.

In 2010, it was with this same concept that the entity caused great controversy at the World Cup held in South Africa. In that edition, the famous Jabulani, as the ball was named, ended up being criticized by some players, who complained about the curves it made in strong kicks.

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Athletes from the Brazilian team even called the round “adversary”, “horrible”, and “supermarket ball”.

To avoid the same trauma in Qatar, the world football’s top authority asked Adidas, the official supplier of the balls, for a technology that would help give more precision to the shots.

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Called Al Rihla, “the journey” or “the journey” in Arabic, the ball that will be used this year has its design also inspired by the culture, architecture, boats and the flag of Qatar. According to FIFA, the colors on a pearly background represent the host country and the increasing speed of the game.

With the 2022 World Cup kicking off in one day, the ball will roll in Qatar on November 20, with the host country playing Ecuador.

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